Ray Gastil, AICP
Ray Gastil is the City Planning Director for Pittsburgh. As city planning director, he is responsible for leading all neighborhood planning efforts, focusing on strategic improvement and investments, resilient waterfront communities, and complete streets.
Prior to accepting the position of City Planning Director in Pittsburgh, Ray was Planning Director in Seattle, and in Manhattan, NYC. He was also the founding director of Van Alen Institute, where he led exhibitions, publications, and design competitions, including Open: New Designs for Public Space and Beyond the Edge: New York’s New Waterfront. Earlier, he served as transit-oriented design director for Regional Plan Association. Recent publications include Success Looks Different Now: Design and Cultural Vitality in Lower Manhattan. He was 2011-2013 Chair in Design Innovation at Penn State, where his work included seminars, symposia, and studios on campuses, waterfronts, and urban innovation. Friedman Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in fall 2013, he is serving as an Adjunct Professor, Master of Urban Design program, Carnegie Mellon University in 2015.
He has worked in urban design, planning, architecture, and non-profit and government leadership. Engaged in research, education, and practice, he is active as speaker, author, and analyst for professional and public forums on the role of planning and design in shaping the future. Expertise includes interconnected planning and design issues of campus urbanism on connecting knowledge and cities, urban waterfronts, urban design and cultural vibrancy, and city and regional planning.